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The ultimate battle of beverages begins when weary Townsend Harris students wake up and start their tiring days, filled to the brim with essays, outlines, and collaterals. There are abundant sources of caffeine and comfort, but the age old debate settles on the heated rivalry between coffee and tea: coffee, the caffeine-filled beverage that kick-starts the day, or tea, a soothing rush of calmness that allows one to deal with the stress that lies ahead.
These beverages accompany us through restless nights of studying and stressing. The pressures of school and extracurriculars are overwhelming at times, but the hot drinks provide a boost of energy in the most weary of times. However, students and teachers at THHS have differing opinions on which is the better drink, some more dogmatic than others.
History teacher Charlene Levi prefers “coffee, because I hate tea. Coffee just does more for me. I know tea has caffeine as well but for some reason tea just seems not strong enough.”
Physics Teacher and Robotics Coach Joshua Raghunath states “I don’t like the taste of coffee, any coffee at all. I bring tea from home or pick it up from 711”. To him, it’s a matter of flavor, and coffee simply doesn’t make the cut.
Freshman Jacqui Valenti, however is an avid coffee enthusiast. “It’s so good in any form and it makes me stay awake. I’m allergic to milk and still drink it like 4 times a day.” On the flip side, junior Alyssa DeGuzman stated, “Tea [because] it not only offers more flavors to please a wide variety of people, but also has more nutritional value.”
Senior Abdoulaye Diallo likes both but prefers tea. “It’s tradition for me. I was born in Africa. You always needed tea to have breakfast.” He only drinks coffee when he needs that extra boost in the morning. Similarly, Classical Greek and Latin Teacher George Hagerty drinks both on a daily basis.”I tend to drink coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon,” he explains.
For senior Ashley Aviles, tea is a drink for a special occasion. “It’s more of a special moment when I drink tea; In my house our teavana peach tranquility is precious and needs to be savored,” she shares.
Coffee is the main source of energy for students and teachers alike. While walking down the hallways before school, one sees numerous thermoses, most of them filled with coffee. Many teachers can be seen with mugs of their own. According to Ms. Levi, there is a coffee machine in the teacher’s lounge, displaying the avid desire for the bitter liquid.
When asked, both students and teachers seemed enthusiastic to the thought of selling tea or coffee at school. All students interviewed said they would buy coffee/tea from the school, as long as it was $1-5. The high demand of these products could make it a good source of revenue for the school. The DOE has no specific restrictions on the sale of tea or coffee, their guidebook states that the matter is left for the schools to decide.